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Fakes bulldozed in anti-piracy campaign

SHANGHAI police yesterday bulldozed tons of fake goods on the Bund, highlighting the results of their annual campaign against piracy.

Tens of thousands of pirated books, DVDs, software, fake Louis Vuitton and Gucci bags and Rolex watches were destroyed at 10am.

Similar events took place in the Pudong New Area and Jinshan District, where goods were burned, police said.

In total, more than 100,000 fake products, worth around 120 million yuan (US$19 million), were destroyed.

Police said although they conduct such campaigns every year, the crackdown on counterfeit goods in China still has a long way to go.

"Many people buy these products fully aware that they're fake, and in doing so they help the crime grow," said Wang Jian, an officer with the Economic Crime Investigation Department of the police.

In a recent case, four people were detained for selling pirated disks when the police raided their base in Pudong.

Officers said they found 140,000 pirated disks at the Chengshan Road home of a suspect on October 18.

Shanghai police said since October last year they have smashed more than 270 gangs and detained more than 1,600 suspects in around 800 cases, with goods worth more than 1.2 billion yuan seized.

This is part of a nationwide campaign codenamed Liang Jian - which translates as "show the sword."

The public destruction of counterfeit products was carried out in 182 Chinese cities yesterday, said the Ministry of Public Security. Across the country in the past year, more than 6,700 piracy gangs have been smashed, officials said.


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